• Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Sora

A breezy but cool day. Cool for multiple reasons because census was good and productive, but also cool because we gained permissions, gathered a team together and managed to pilot a Herring Gull project. More on this below…

But first. Census results included 6 Mallard, 2 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Oystercatcher, 71 Herring Gulls, 5 Great-Black Backed Gulls, 11 Lesser-Black Backed Gull, 42 Guillemots, 21 Razorbills, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Shag, 5 Carrion Crows, 2 Raven, 4 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 18 Wrens, 24 Starlings, 6 Blackbirds, single Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 9 Wheatears, 3 Stonechats, 4 Dunnock, 28 House Sparrows, 2 Pied Wagtails, 13 Meadow Pipits, single Chaffinch, 33 Linnets and 6 Goldfinches were seen.

A female Eurasian Teal with a single big duckling was on Quarter Wall Pond.

Ringing

2024 06 27 HerringGull Earthquake ThomasWestonHerring Gull chicks from our productivity site. ©Thomas Weston

Our productivity site for Herring Gull was accessed today with a total of 23 chicks ringed. Broods of 1 and 2 were most frequently encountered, with a single brood of 3 being the most noteworthy. The birds were only metal ringed this year, but it is hoped that we can colour ring this colony in the future years to understand the lives of our breeding gulls better. In recent years, the numbers have crashed on the island for large gulls, possibly due to low breeding success and potentially poor adult survival with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) not helping the numbers.